The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, includes an article about The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, recently established with arts colonies throughout North America. This partnership provides support for current and recent Pew Fellows to complete full-time artist residencies in a variety of locales—opportunities for creative advancement that afford Pew Fellows the valuable gift of time and freedom to concentrate on their art-making without distractions from the world outside. Melissa Franklin, Pew Fellowships director, mentions in the piece that Pew Fellows who attend residencies at the MacDowell Colony or one of the other four residency sites are “getting exposed to new ideas and new ways of thinking,” and that “they bring that back to Philadelphia.”
In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.
Exhibitions funded by the Center, as well as Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin’s 55th Venice Biennale installation, made several top 10 lists in Artforum’s Best of 2013 December issue.
This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.
Cheng-Chieh Yu began her performing career with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. She is an associate professor in UCLA’s department of world arts and cultures/dance.
Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda is a dance artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
With this production, New Paradise Laboratories enhanced and challenged the conventions of the live theatrical experience by merging theater and mobile technology.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
Bruce Metcalf is a jeweler and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Pew Fellow and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher leads a poetry workshop and story circle in Historic Germantown.
Robert Smythe is a theater artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.